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Developers Are Crazy Over CUDA

Nvidia's CUDA toolkit is a resource for C and C++ developers creating GPU-accelerated apps, arming them with a number of GPU-specific tools, including compilers, programming guides and debugging methods.

And, according to Nvidia, response to the kit has been off the charts. Sumit Gupta, manager of the Tesla line at Nvidia, told CRN that there is one CUDA toolkit download every 60 seconds. While the kit is free, this is still good news for Nvidia; it means demand for GPU-accelerated apps is on the rise.

According to stats from the chip maker, more than 50 percent of today's top supercomputing apps use GPUs, compared to only 15 percent a year ago.